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post #1 of 6 Old 10-01-2012, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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There is hope!

I was looking through old pictures, and I stumbled across some from the day that I got Mudpie. It was my birthday, and they threw me a surprise party.

August 15, 2010:


November 12, 2011:



June 26, 2012:



Those are the best pictures I have that show you the progressing conditions of his body!

So do you have a malnourished horse? THERE IS HOPE!! ;) Just look at my big, fuzzy brown marshmallow fluff!
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The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
– I love you, Mudpie!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-01-2012, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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How he became so skinny:

Mudpie had ended up at a pack station (a place where they give anyone who pays a trail ride in a long string of horses), where he was badly neglected and, quite frankly, abused. The conditions were appalling. Three horses (new to the place) had died there. One was ridden to death, and I do mean that literally. Another died of an impaction colic (she was extremely underweight as well). And a third died when she was cornered by the other horses (there would be about 9 in a small pen) and crashed through the hazardous fencing. It was a bad situation, needless to say.

So I had known him before he was sold to that place (no one knew what would happen), and I fought for him every single day that he was there. They wouldn't take money, they wanted a horse to replace him. No matter how morally wrong that felt, I searched for three months for a horse to replace him. I almost had one, once, but she became mysteriously ill the day of her "test ride." And when that summer was over and I had almost given up... BAM, they found a mare and traded them out. And I got my Mudpie!

I won't name names to protect the, er, not-so-innocent, but there's a special place in hell reserved for the people who did this to Mudpie and do this the horses and mules that remained.

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
– I love you, Mudpie!
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-01-2012, 01:53 AM
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It's great that you saved him but....not to point fingers at all....did you ever report the place to animal control or the police or anyone?

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-01-2012, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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The ASPCA in my area is a completely ridiculous figure. Six horses and eight bison on a property at about a 1 on the body scale were reported. The officer put a notice on the fence... a week later, no record of the report was left. Somebody probably had a friend. About a month later when there were equine SKELETONS in plain sight on the property, not one single thing was done about it. So naturally, they weren't going to jump up to do anything when there was a business with skinny horses, and of course the deceased ones were tragic cases of colic, etc.. Yes, they were reported. No, nothing was done. I was fourteen at the time, so there wasn't a lot of noise I could make, sadly.

On a brighter note...

MORE MUDPIE!!!!




He's SO fluffy now! It's hard to believe how malnourished he was, and how much it took to get him healthy and plump!

Love him!


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Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-01-2012, 02:31 AM
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Wow.....that's really...awful. I mean the people who are supposed to protect and stand up for animals ignoring and practically adding to the neglect and abuse....wow. This exactly why if I ever win the lottery I'm starting a horse (other animals welcome too, of course) plus the old ranch pines could retire there! Aaaaahh dreams... At least Mudpie has a happy study! And an awesome fly mask!

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Can I just say that I adore that flymask? I recently bought drifter a pirate one with an eye patch hahaha
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